Claudia Wicki (Fenton) studied ballet, piano and violin as a youngster. In her teens, she performed with the Wisconsin Ballet Company. A scholarship took her to Harkness House for Ballet Arts in New York where she studied Classical Ballet, Classical Spanish dance, Afro-Modern and Jazz. Over the years, Claudia continued to study with many renowned teachers in New York, Chicago, Tucson, Kansas City and Los Angeles
Leaving New York and ballet, she entered the University of Arizona, Tucson where she earned a BFA in Production involved learning all aspects of the craft including properties, lighting, sound, set-design, costumes and make-up, directing and even box-office! After graduation, Claudia was singing in small clubs in Las Vegas when she was hired by a Top-40 Band and toured the mid-west. After a year, she returned Los Angeles to study dance and acting.
Returning to New York, as an actress/performer, she played the comedy clubs and did Summer Stock at the Palace Theatre, Manchester New Hampshire. She toured again with a pop band, and then ended up back home in Madison Wisconsin to perform in a dinner theatre. The Producer/Director later hired her at a pair of Equity dinner theatres in Kansas City. She returned to LA to choreograph and act in the summer season at Occidental College, realizing such roles as Nellie in South Pacific, the Fairy Queen in Iolanthe, Adelaide in Guys & Dolls, Mad Margaret in Ruddigore. This Gilbert & Sullivan experience proved helpful later when while touring with Carmen Zapata’s Bi-Lingual Foundation for the Arts Children’s Theater production (English - Spanish), she was rushed in to replace an actress in The Pirates of Penzance at a large Equity dinner theatre in Orange County California.
Claudia also worked out at the Group Repertory Theatre (GRT), founded by Actors Studio alumni and Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences member, Lonny Chapman. She performed with an improvisational comedy group at the company prior to being cast in several original productions, working directly with the writers. One of these productions was a new musical called RolePlay, directed by Allison Liddi, musical direction by Carole Weiss. The GRT opened this show for a 6-week run; it ran for over four months. Claudia created the role of Chlo. A New York production company requested re-writes, new songs, and a title change - Inside Out; it then ran off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theater. Claudia brought this show to Zurich for its European Debut and played the role of Grace.
In Switzerland, Claudia played the lead role of Lillie/Kate in Kiss Me Kate, Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, and a principal role in Company at the English Theatre Group of Zug. With the Zurich Comedy Club, she starred in the Pulitzer prize winning play, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, appeared in Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile and performed to sold out crowds in the internationally renown The Vagina Monologues as well as in many other productions. She has also appeared in a commercial for the Grand Casino Baden, an industrial film called ‘Breaking the Silence’ for a pharmaceutical company, an independent film produced by Snoog Films, “Trancendence” and had a cameo role opposite Stefan Gubser in a Stefan Jaeger film, “Horizon Beautiful.”